Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project

Project Updates

8/15/18

Unofficial 2018 Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Bond Vote results:

Total Votes: 1330 / Total Yes: 763 / Total No: 554 / Blank: 12 / Void: 1

Unofficial 2018 Vermont State Primary Election Results


Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Bond Vote

Residents of the City of Winooski will have the opportunity to vote on a bond regarding the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project during the Vermont State Primary Election, which will take place at the Winooski Senior Center (123 Barlow Street) on August 14th, 2018. Polls will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM.

Details

The officially warned language of this bond vote is as follows: Shall the bonds of the City of Winooski in an amount not to exceed Three Million Nine Hundred Twenty Thousand Dollars ($3,920,000), be issued for the purpose of the planning, design and construction of improvements for the City, known as the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project, consisting of planning, design, construction, and reconstruction of the Myers Public Pool, including construction of an addition to the bathhouse building, a filter room, a competition pool, a family pool, and other park improvements?

What does the project cost?

The total cost of this project is $3.92M. If funded solely by Winooski taxpayers, the impact of this project could be up to a $0.082 increase in property taxes (an estimated $185.49 annual increase on a $225,000 home).

Timeline

July 25, 2018 – The Community Services Commission will host an informational meeting and Q & A (6:30 PM @ Winooski City Hall) regarding the bond vote. Light refreshments available. Click here to join the event on Facebook.

August 6, 2018 – A public hearing will be held in conjunction with the regularly scheduled Winooski City Council Meeting (6 PM @ Winooski City Hall). Community members are encouraged to participate. Click here to join the event on Facebook.

August 14, 2018 – The Vermont State Primary Election will take place at the Winooski Senior Center from 7 AM to 7 PM. Click here to join the event on Facebook.

Voting in Winooski

General voting information for Winooski residents can be found at winooskivt.org/voting. To vote early or obtain an absentee ballot, voters can stop by Winooski City Hall on 27 West Allen Street (M – F, 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM). Additional information on early/absentee voting can be found on the Vermont Secretary of State’s website by clicking here.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the proposed cost of the pool project?

After completing preliminary engineering, the cost is $3.92M. This is the value approved by the Council to send to a bond vote in August 2018.

How many years will it take to pay off the bond?

The Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Bond would be a 20-year bond.

What would the additional property tax increase be?

If funded solely by Winooski taxpayers, the impact of this project could be up to a $0.082 increase in property taxes (an estimated $185.49 annual increase on a $225,000 home).

What is the estimated cost of operation for the new pool for a year?

The City estimates that it would cost approximately $83,000 to operate in the first year of operations.

How many months of the year will the pool be open?

Historically, the Pool has been open from the end of June through August.

How much gross income will be produced by the pool?

The City is modeling that the gross income annually would be $12,500.


History

On April 28th, 2016, the Community Services Department issued a detailed press release with an update on closing the Myers Memorial Pool. Click here to read the press release.

The City of Winooski chartered the ad hoc Winooski Pool Feasibility and Design Project Committee, whose goal was to assist in the selection of a vendor to complete a thorough Pool Replacement Feasibility and Scoping Study.

Click here to view the Winooski Pool Feasibility and Design Project Committee Charter.

The Committee assisted with community outreach and data gathering (surveys, focus groups, community meetings, etc.) needed to support the selected vendor in establishing community interest and updated goals of a municipal pool facility. The Project Team worked closely with the Community Services Commission, the selected vendor, and City staff in proposing a replacement design and plan that:

  • meets the previously identified community needs and goals;
  • is operationally sustainable over time; and
  • is based on a reasonable funding plan (both initial investment long-term term costs).

Click here to view the original conceptual design (presented to Winooski City Council on 8/7/17).

After receiving the final report from the Pool Feasibility and Conceptual Design study, Winooski City Council voted on 11/6/17 to allocate funds to support moving the project to “preliminary engineering”, which represents a deeper dive into design, planning, and ultimately a more accurate cost estimate. The engineering firm Weston and Sampson was selected to conduct this work, and the City has been actively engaged with them since December on a timeline that has a target for a final Preliminary Engineering report being delivered in March 2018.

Deliverables to date include:

On January 24, 2018, Weston and Sampson provided an update to the Community Services Commission.

Click here to view the presentation or the draft minutes of the meeting.

On March 19, 2018 the Winooski City Council received a presentation of the Draft Final Preliminary Engineering Report from Weston and Sampson (including illustrative, architectural, and schematic drawings) during their regular meeting.

Click here to view the minutes for this meeting.

Click here to view the Draft Preliminary Engineering Submission Package.

Click here to view the Draft Drawings (Combined Plan Set).

Over the months of March, April, and May 2018 Winooski City Council discussed the results of a Preliminary Engineering study for a replacement design for the Myers Memorial Pool, including analysis at their May 21, 2018 meeting of several different budget options for the project. Click here to view those three primary options.

On May 22, 2018, Winooski City Council received a memo in response to several questions that they had posed to staff regarding the Preliminary Engineering report and subsequent budget modeling that had been discussed at their April 2, 2018 meeting. Materials provided to Council included a memo and budget model (click to view).

On June 18th, 2018, Winooski City Council approved the warning and public hearing notice for the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project bond vote to be held in conjunction with the August 14th, 2018 primary election.

On July 6th, 2018, the City of Winooski published a press release regarding Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Bond Vote to take place in conjunction with the Vermont State Primary Election on August 14th, 2018.

On July 25th, Winooski Community Services Commission hosted the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Bond Vote Informational Q & A. 

Click here to view the minutes from this meeting.

Click here to download the presentation from this meeting.

On Monday, 8/6/18, Winooski City Council held the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Public Hearing.

Click here to watch the CCTV recording of this meeting.


Contact

Questions regarding the Myers Memorial Pool Renovation Project Bond Vote can be sent to:

Jessie Baker, City Manager: 802 655 6410 / jbaker@winooskivt.org

Ray Coffey, Community Services Director: 802 655 6410 / rscoffey@winooskivt.org